Carrots Nutrients and Health Benefits

CarrotsHere it is again, another rewritten article. Like I said before in one or more of my previous articles that some of my very old articles were not created and/or put together as organized as the recent ones. My old article about carrots can be found here – Carrots Nutrients and Benefits. So, let’s sit back, relax, and begin our new and updated research on carrots.

Carrots are in the family of Apiaceae and their binomial name is Daucus Carota. Carrot is considered as a Root Vegetable. In Russian carrots are called Markovka, and the actual Russian word looks like this – Марковка. Make sure to pronounce the R or roll your R’s in Markovka the Spanish or Russian way and not the English way. (I’m still having trouble saying the letter R the English way, but I’m working on it).

Carrots come in multiple different colors like; Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Light Purple, and Dark Purple. Depending on the environment, mature carrots can be kept after picking for about three to four weeks, but the young carrots can only survive for about two weeks. If you want to make the carrot’s shelf life longer, make sure to remove their green tops.

Did you know that the tops of the carrots are also edible? I really didn’t know that. Hmm… Interesting. The Orange part of the carrot is called a Taproot. Some people claim that Carrots are very good companion plants, especially in tomato production, because the white carrot’s flowers attract wasps which help protect the tomatoes from different kinds of pests.

People around the world enjoy carrots in very many ways like; chopping, boiling, frying, steaming, or by just eating them raw and fresh. You can use or cook carrots in soups, stews, salads, cakes, puddings, rice, and baby foods. The Nutrients in one cup (or 128 grams) of Raw Chopped Carrots are: Continue reading

Nopal Cactus Nutrients and Health Benefits

Nopal Cactus Nopalea OpuntiaIf you have been in Mexico for about a week or more, then you most likely heard of, seen, or even tried their very popular meals with Nopales. These meals could consist of Meat with Nopales, Eggs with Nopales, Tacos with Nopales, or a salad that is made with Nopal Cactus. Nopales must be prepared properly to make sure that all of the Glochids, Spines, and the Outer Layer are removed prior to eating or even cooking.

Nopal Cactus is also know to have names like Fruit of Prickly Pears, Cactus Fruit, Cactus Fig, Indian Fig, Tuna, Opuntia, Nopalitos, Nopalea, or Paddle Cactus. Nopal or Opuntia contains a large number of species which are sometimes hard to tell apart from each other. People from around the world use Opuntia or Nopal Cactus for Medical purpouses, Food, Decorations, Cultural purposes, Dye uses, and even for Construction purpouses. The Nutrients in a cup (149 grams) of Cooked without salt Nopales are: Continue reading

Endive Nutrients and Health Benefits

Endive Products at AmazonHave you heard of Endive vegetable? I haven’t yet. It is a healthy leaf vegetable which is also called Cichorium Endivia, Curly Endive, Frisee, Escarole, Broad-Leaved Endive, Bavarian Endive, Grumolo, Scarola, Scarole, Batavian Endive, or Chicory. This vegetable has so many names because there are couple different varieties of it available, one of them has curly leaves and the other one has big rounded leaves. Endive vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked. People can enjoy Endive vegetable in fresh salads, stews, soups, or sauteed. If you would like to check out the Endive Products at amazon, then Click Here. The Nutrients in a cup or 50 grams of Raw Endive Vegetable are: Continue reading

Natal Plum Nutrients and Health Benefits

Carissa Macrocarpa - Natal Plum FruitCarissa Macrocarpa or Natal Plum, or Large Num-Num, or Amatungulu, or just Carissa is a South African shrub that now can be found in various places around the world. This Carissa shrub prefers to live in coastal areas with salty winds. It can grow as high as 7 (about 2 meters) feet and as wide as 10 feet (about 3 meters). Carissa plant produces beautiful, thick, round, and shiny leaves which people claim to be poisonous. Also, Carissa produces nice, red, tarty, plum-shaped, sweet and sour fruit (or berry) which is edible when raw and/or when cooked. Some people enjoy the Carissa fruit Raw or in jellies, jams, pies, and sauces. The Nutrients in about a cup or 150 grams of Raw Carissa fruit that was cut into slices are: Continue reading